High-intensity primary care: lessons for physician and patient engagement – National Institute for Health Care Reform Research Brief no. 9 – October 2012

Posted on October 16, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: |

High-intensity primary care: lessons for physician and patient engagement – National Institute for Health Care Reform – October 2012

“To prevent costly emergency department visits and hospitalizations, a handful of care-delivery models offer high-intensity primary care to a subset of patients with complex or multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, obesity and depression. Early assessments of high-intensity primary care programs show promise, but these programs’ success in improving quality of care and lowering costs rests on the engagement of both physicians and patients. A number of factors can foster physician and patient engagement in high-intensity primary care programs, according to a new qualitative study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC). For physicians, key factors include financial commitment and administrative support from health plans and well-designed financial incentives for quality and outcome improvements. In addition, allowing physicians to help identify patients who would benefit from intensive primary care may improve physician comfort and buy in. To encourage patient engagement, a personal invitation from physicians to join a high-intensity primary care program, as well as rapid access to physicians and care coordinators, appear to be highly successful approaches.”

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Posted on February 9, 2010. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

National Institute for Health Care Reform

“The mission of the National Institute for Health Care Reform is to conduct high-quality, objective research and policy analyses of the organization, financing and delivery of health care in the United States. The Institute will identify key health policy issues, explore policy options, and assess the advantages and disadvantages of policy options to help inform policy makers and other decision makers about how to expand access to high-quality, affordable health coverage to all Americans.”

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